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Sep 30, 2012 10:30am EDT
the election. obama cowl make a gaffe. mitt would win the debates, go could send a flood to destroy all mankind. ( laughter ) so there's hope. >> schieffer: short of building an ark, what is romney's best chance. we'll ask new jersey governor chris christie, and one-time adversary, newt gingrich. so far romney is sticking to a familiar theme, but does he need to do more? >> i will lower the tax rate. he wants to creat to raise them. i'll create jobs and he'll kill them. also marsha blackburn, bob shrum, and larry sabato from the university of virginia center for politics. as we head into first presidential debate, we'll talk about the state of america at home and abroad with the distinguished panel. michelle rhee, former head of the washington, d.c. school system and founder of students first. economist mark zandi of moody analytics. bob woodward, author of "the price of politics" and hendrick smith, author of the new book "who stole the american dream?." it's all ahead on "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news in washington, "face the nation" with bob schieffe
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
elections within reach of the number of electoral votes needed to win but he continues to battle criticisms or how the white house handled last month's attack in been ganghazi, libya. people packed a high school sunday night to listen to president obama. >> stand with me and work with me, we'll win clark county again. we'll win nevada again. we'll win this election again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. like his opponent, he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who is going to have the best zinger. governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: mitt romney heads to colorado today for his last minute cram session. romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston sunday. he's been practicing since june. while many believe wednesday's debate is a must-win for romney, his running mate paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event will make-or-break this campaign. >> reporter: apparently not everyone g
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Oct 8, 2012 2:05am EDT
on "meet the press," just one month until election day. has the race taken a new turn? what a difference a debate makes. >> mr. president, you're entitled to your own airplane and house but not to your own facts. >> romney delivers. the president tries to recover. >> when i got off the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> the economy is again the central focus. the new jobs numbers drop the unm employment rate below 9%. >> we have made too much progress. >> a sign of recovery as the voters head to the polls. we cover it all this morning. the policy fight emerging from the debate and the policy. what does the debate reveal about these two men? >>> plus, our preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversat
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. >>> ryan moore in washington. thanks. >>> the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite issues from jobs and bringing troops home. david gregory from "meet the press" as moderator, they clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he's re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> can we just -- >> exme. >> i'm he not a student in your classroom. please let me respond. thank you. >> recent polls before the debate show elizabeth warren with a small lead over scott brown. >>> and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. joyriding may land one phil
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >>> big celebrations today in venezuela following the re-election of hugo chavez. the controversial leader is set to rule that oil-rich country for another six years. but as nbc's carey sanders reports, opposition by his own people is stronger than ever. >> reporter: fireworks filled the skies. as the street fight continued well into the early morning hours. a chavez victory say supporters means his brand of socialism is here to stay. >> we're living socially. >> reporter: hugo chavez, 58 years old, a star among the poor in south america, was himself surrounded by a hollywood star sunday, actor danny glover. a chavez supporter. for almost 14 years, the revolution has captured the imagination of the core here, in large part because he's taken this nation's oil wealth and used its profits to give away free homes and subsidize grocery bills. >> i'm sorry. hugo chavez. >> reporter: but opposition candidate treated like a rock star himself says the nation's oil wealth has been siphoned by a corrupt government. his supporters, mostly the middle class and wealthy, many of them now say they
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm EDT
him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds in florida. he's now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's done well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he's got the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008, two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back-and-forth on domestic issues with possible fireworks. >> i think you're going to see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted, because the stakes are pretty hig
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Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm EDT
day by day search for the most important person in this election. the undecided voter. >> another double. >> reporter: and we found him. he's george manukus. >> you are aiming in the wrong direction. >> reporter: george is a registered independent who voted for john mccain four years ago but is still on the fence. the candidate who wins his vote and others like him will win the election. >> you know you are the most important person in the country? >> i like to think so. >> george is a serious consumer of political news and has been paying very close attention to the presidential race. >> i see the negatives of both. i see the positives of both. >> reporter: because george lives in north carolina, a swing state he has been inundated from propaganda from both parties. in north carolina alone, an estimated $50 mlt is spent to reach the 6% of undecided voters. >> thank you for your time. >> you get a lot of political phone calls here? >> i'm on their speed dial. >> i'm calling about the president obama election in november. >> can mitt romney count on your support? >> the phone rings
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard at debate number one. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, denver, colorado. >>> of course tonight nbc is going to have complete coverage of this first presidential debate. it will be anchored by brian williams along with the best political team in the business. it all starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 p.m. pacific. >>> elsewhere, a judge in pennsylvania has blocked the state's stricter voter i.d. law from taking effect this november. after weeks of protests, the ruling means voters in pennsylvania will not have to show a state approved i.d. to cast ballots on election day. the judge said he was concerned that the law could prevent some people from voting. stricter voter i.d. laws in four states remain, but tougher laws in at least six other states were either shelved or watt terd down. florida, ohio and of course now pennsylvania. >>> american airlines now says it knows why passenger seats broke loose causing a pair of emergency landings. the ai
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
election day. it is a critical snapshot of an economy that's been stuck in low gear. >> whatever the numbers are, the romney campaign is going to cite them as evidence that president obama's policies are failing. >> the president is trying to convince people he's doing real well. he is not. >> reporter: building on a momentum of wednesday night's debate, romney's trying to reverse his fortunes in battle grounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> under president obama we've lost half a million manufacturing jobs and china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues the republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not a plan to offer anything new. it is not a change, it is a relapse and we're not going to do it. rr the latest jobs report, cold, hard facts certain to be the subject of a heated debate. and economists expect the economy added a less than stellar 115,000 jobs last month. >> brian, thanks so much. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. we're going to begin in new jersey with one family's dramatic escape fro
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Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
yet after 14 years in power. voter turnout was high for venezuela's election today. chavez has ramped up government control of his economy and limited dissent among his opponents. his challenger is promising reform. there's concern a close election could lead to fraud and a violent reaction from voters. >>> engineers are making last-minute preparations to launch a private rocket into space. later tonight california based spacex will attempt to send an unmanned cap actual to the international space station. it did a similar mission back in may. this time it will stay there for much of october as astronauts conduct experiments. liftoff is scheduled for 8:35 tonight from florida's cape canaveral. >>> well, wedding day is supposed to be one to remember, and in philadelphia it was memorable for all the wrong reasons after a fight broke out at the reception. >>> plus, will this cold, dreary weather continue through the week? chuck is back with the forecast coming up next. let me tell you how i will create 12 million jobs when president obama couldn't. first, my energy independence policy me
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Oct 6, 2012 6:00am EDT
mayoral election focusing instead on his current term. he dismissed a tweet yesterday that said he wouldn't run next election. he is currently under investigation for election fraud but no charges have been filed. gray appeared agitated when asked about the tweet and if he would run in 2014. >> is this based on somebody's opinion that was quoted today in a story? >> reporter: yes apparently. >> i don't know where they get their opinion from. >> i don't know either. >> reporter: are you going to run again? >> that isn't even an issue. i'm not even half way through my term at this point and this is the discussion? why doesn't someone come up with real news? >> reporter: despite the dismissal council member jack evans stroked the rumors further during wamu's politics hour yesterday and said he'd run if mayor gray didn't run for re-election. >>> good news for metro riders this weekend. you won't have to deal with too much track work. crews will only be working on two lines. on the red line trains will single track between judiciary square and fort totten and on the orange line trains w
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. we agree. that mean we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard tomorrow night. doug, andrew and chris say they hope to hear a lot of substance, too. at debate number one in their battleground ate. a lot is on the line. doreen talked about the nbc news "wall street journal" poll. 38%. more than a third of voters saying this debate and the three to follow, one vice presidential work the more presidential, will be important or extremely important to their decision about who to vote for. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> thank you. >>> a freelance american journalist who disappeared in syria eight weeks ago is now seen in a video clip posted on youtube. his name is austin tice. he is a former marine from the houston area. his stories were published in the washington most and the mcclatchee newspapers. in that video he is in the cuss different masked arld men. he is blindfolded. he appears frightened. the state department officials say the captors have taken steps to make
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is never mind. >> look, i've got five boys. i'm used to people saying something that's not always true, but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping i'll believe it. but that is not the case. i are not reduce the taxes paid by high income americans. >> round one in the books. the consensus this morning is neither candidate delivered a knockout blow. why both now turn their focus to some local voters. good morning and welcome to news4 today. i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. the roads may be just slick enough to slow you down this morning. a live look outside right now at 6:00 a.m. we know that some folks are starting to see some rain drops coming through the area. tom kierein is here to break it all down for us. >> just some scattered light rain. don't have any heavy downpours like we had the other day. but enough to make the pavement wet, and for fender benders, as we've already had several of those. right now, all of this coming as a front is moving into our area and going to bring an end to the high humidity. it's still hu
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
and some say the most important debate of the 2012 presidential election. nbc's steve handelsman joins us live from the arena with the story. steve? >> reporter: thanks, good evening. i can tell you this, the guy who's going to run this debate for all of us to learn from, you won't hear that guy call this a rumble in the rockies, mark jim lehrer will order those in the audience not to boo or his or clap. we, americans, can concentrate on what these candidates have to say. more than 60 million americans could watch tonight's debate. >> i've made up my mind, but i'd still like to see both of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >>. >> reporter: in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney has done well. >> going against romney is not a fun thing. he has the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
debate is history. there are two more to go and five weeks until election day. the candidates are on the move. steve handelsman is live in denver. >> reporter: good evening from denver, colorado, where this is the headline, in the biggest paper in denver. the only the statewide paper in colorado. i spoke to democrats in this battleground state today. they don't dispute this. they're disappointed, but many feel they're still hopeful because they figure mitt romney's still got a ways to win in this state, and nationwide, even though his effort looks back on track. republican joy in denver, mitt romney declared his campaign is rejuvenated. >> you know what, we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: a new mood after many saw a new mitt romney last night. >> let's get back to medicare. the president said that the government can provide the service at lower cost and without a profit. >> reporter: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other.
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Sep 30, 2012 9:00am EDT
franklin roosevelt knew the risk of debating. he was a heavy favorite to win re-election in 1940, so when republican wendell wilke demanded a debate, f.d.r. ignored him. he knew just appearing on the same stage with the president enhanced the stature of any challenger. >> i think that we both just just stand here >> reporter: it's hard to know where we'd be today if nixon in 1960 had followed roosevelt's lead. but once burned, nixon never debated again. nor did lyndon johnson who had preceded him to the white house. so there were no debates in 1964, '68 or '72. >> announcer: this is the cbs news special report. >> schieffer: only after his poll numbers dropped did gerald ford agree to debate challenger jimmy carter in 1976. >> i interviewed ford about this. i said why did you agree to the debate? he said, "it was my only hope." he was down and out because of having pardoned nixon. that's why he was so far down. he said, "if i could get jimmy carter to debate me, i might have a chance." >> schieffer: yet ford ended up hurting his chances with this statement. >> there is no soviet dominatio
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
suddenly pumped up about the ticket's prospects on election day. >> i didn't feel excited like i did in the last election, with sarah palin and john mccain. so after last night, i got that adrenaline going and i'm pumped up and ready to roll. >> we had a drendrenaline that wouldn't believe. >> reporter: mitt romney will spend three of the first five post-debate days in this battleground state. even here, romney supporters admit before the debate they were worried about polls that showed their candidate behind. even their enthusiasm was luke-warm. >> with romney, before last night, i would say we were 50%, 55%. after last night we're at 100%. >> last night was energizing. it was neat to see him answer questions clearly with detail on questions that i had questions about myself. >> reporter: but obama advisers know their target audience is undecided and swing voters. they quickly rolled out this ad that romney's tax plan wouldn't hurt the middle class. romney supporters are convinced their candidate has changed the course of this campaign. and some are changing their plans, too, to sta
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Oct 7, 2012 11:30pm EDT
ball a little more often. >> al: chargers elect to keep all of their time-outs but taking a lot of time off the clock here. and now a conference with cheffers. because did he pick up the first down is the question. it was first down. it was -- now he looks at it. yeah, 11-yard gain so, obviously, it's a first down but there's some question -- and then norv turner is saying, put the time back on the clock! here is the end of the play. here is brown. he spins. he rolls. he has the first down. turner doesn't get the time back on the clock. the pass to the outside. and that is floyd and floyd will stay inbounds. >> cris: that's horrible. >> al: at the 49 yard line and now they are compelled to take a time-out. >> cris: almost like he thought he was out of bounds. >> michele: second time-out. >> cris: he did try to get out of bounds, i'll say that for him. but nice job by johnny patrick to keep him from that. a good play and the forward momentum, a good play on that one. >> al: right. acrobatic catch by floyd. >> cris: he is driving him backwards. official blew the whistle. properly called.
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
? >> reporter: republicans pounced. >> we agreed. we need to elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: in person absentee voting is already under way. early voeting going only in other states. both sides know tomorrow's debate could be the last one some voters see. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face-to-face. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> reporter: or does he? the latest poll shows the head-to-head race tightening a bit with president obama still on top. but on a key issue of the economy, a potentially revealing shift that could help the president. 57% believe they think the economy is recovering, the largest number seen so far in this campaign. >> nbc news will have live team coverage and analysis that will begin at 9:00 tomorrow night. and we invite you to stay tuned for news 4 at 11:00. >> the redskins team ownership endorsed question 7 today. they say the project would mean new jobs and more money f
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut, that's not my plan. >> reporter: another stark difference, medicare, one of the few times the president played aggressor. >> it's called premium support, but it's understood to be a voucher program. >> and you don't support that? >> i don't. and let me explain why. >> again, that's for future people, not current retirees. >> so if you're 54 or 55, you might want to listen because this, this will affect you. >> reporter: still, romney seemed to control many of the back and forths, even the lighter moments. >> i apologize, mr. president, i use that term with all respect. >> i like it. >> good. >> the difference in their debate demeanors was most evident during the closing statements. >> you know, four years ago we were going through a major crisis. and yet, my faith and confidence in the american future is undiminished. >> this is an important election, and i'm concerned about america. i'm concerned about the direction america has
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
be appealed, but analysts say it is unlikely to be overturned before the election. >>> she says a dollar makes her holler. coming up next, just how much money is honey boo boo making from being a reality star? here's a hint. her family is getting a big pay raise. >>> i'll bet. plus the problem with the iphone 5 that is leaving a lot of customers fearing bigger cell phone bills. >>> this is a story you have to see to believe. parents renting alligators to swim around during their children's pool parties. >>> 99.5 is standing by. he'll have more on that. and tell us what b >>> taylor swift may see it now but she doesn't want to say it now or hear it now. the country pop star is interviewed in glamour magazine's november issue. when the subject of her former beau singer john mayer came up, she refused to listen to what he told rolling stone about her in july. mayer said the song "dear john" humiliated him and he said it was in his words, a really lousy thing for her to do. as for swift's part, she said he was presumptuous to think the song was about him and she never discloses who he
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00pm EDT
office. the president's re-election team lodged a response. but the president ignored the speech during a visit to california. >>> the death toll continues to climb from a meningitis outbreak. the cdc said there are 105 confirmed cases of meningitis. eight people are dead, two of those happened in maryland and virginia. the outbreak was linked to steroid shots sold by a pharmacy in massachusetts. >>> on wall street, traders ended a three-day winning streak, the dow dropping 26 points, the nasdaq down about 23, and the s&p 500 was off five points. some say fear about corporate earnings sparked the sell-off. >>> fall weather, cool weather, a taste of winter today. let's get another check on our weather with chief meteorologist doug kammerer. >> this is one of the reasons why, you can see the cloud cover, the showers streaming across parts of the region, too. we are going to continue to see the cold air. we're also going to see more in the waive of shower activity. it will be on the light side. the umbrellas will be needed. very cool conditions. look at the temperatures. only 41 in elkins, w
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
election presidential debates in the modern era of presidential politics. >> because i get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney landed in colorado monday night scoring the endorsement of denver broncos football legend john elway. >> what an honor, what a welcome and colorado welcome. thank you so much >> reporter: governor's first and only event ahead of tomorrow's big presidential debate was at a packed air and space museum in denver. >> people want to know who is going to win? who is going to score the punches? you know, in my view it's not so much winning andalusian or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. >> reporter: still playing off the enthusiastic crowd, romney appeared to test out a few new zingers including this one on the keystone oil pipeline halted by the obama administration. >> by the way, i'm going to get that pipeline from canada if i have to build it myself. >> reporter: romney's running mate paul ryan was greeted by hi
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm EDT
doreen gentzler. the first debate of the presidential election of 2012. president obama and mitro
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00am EDT
/george washington university poll, if the election were held today, 49% of americans would vote for the president, and 48% would vote for romney. today mitt romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech. the speech, called the mental of leadership, is the candidate's tenth foreign policy address since 2011. the former massachusetts governor links the attack on the american consulate in benghazi last month to al qaeda saying, "the attacks on america last month should not be seen as random acts. they are expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the middle east. these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others." >>> today president obama will wrap up his two-day fund-raising trip in california. he will also announce the establishment of the cesar chavez national monument. at a concert, he poked fun at himself in a recent debate performance. >> everyone here is incredible professionals, such great friends, and they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> last night president ob
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00pm EDT
are two numbers that matter more when judging whether a president wins re-election or not. it's his job approval rating and where people see the direction of the country. for the president right now, his job approval rating is at 49%. disapproval at 48. our pollsters tell us that 49 is in the re-elect zone. now, look at this, direction of the country. 40% say we're on the right track. it's not a great number, but it's the highest number we've recorded in three and a half years. let's move to the head-to-head with mitt romney. this is where the race has tightened a bit. the president's number is steady at 49. mitt romney has picked up a couple in the last couple weeks, sits at 46. what's helping him? republican voters more enthusiastic, they make it through the likely voter screen. it's been a couple tough weeks for mitt romney. that 47% mark has left a mark, if you will. when we asked, is there anything you've heard in the last few weeks that made you more favorable or less favorable on mitt romney, 54% say what they've heard has made them less favorable. that said, the president ha
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
are watching this tonight. the first in the presidential debates in this election cycle between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy leagu degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
unemployment rate. the next jobs report comes out in four days before the election. reporting live on capitol hill, i'm danielle lee, news 4. >> our team coverage of the presidential election takes us to opposite cornerses of virginia. while governor romney was in coal country in abington, president obama was in fairfax. the president talked about more than just jobs today. >> hello, patriots. >> reporter: in a performing arts hall filled mostly with women, the jobs report wasn't all president obama wanted to talk about. women's health care was another focus and the president's defense of what even he now proudly calls obama care. >> i don't think a working mom in arlington should have to wait to get a mammogram because money is tight. i don't think a college student in fairfax or charlottesville should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care she needs. that's why we passed this law. i'm proud of it. >> reporter: in contrast a shaky debate performance the president energetically jabbed back at his opponent, accusing mitt romney of misleading americans by promising to r
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Oct 7, 2012 6:30pm EDT
the election, and after some potentially game-changing moments for both campaigns this past week, each is now looking to seize a momentum as they hit their home stretch. our team has it all covered. we begin with nbc's ron motte. ron, good evening. >> home here in chilly wisconsin tonight getting ready for a big week of his political career, topping it off thursday with a debate against vice president joe biden. >> we don't want four more years like the last four years. >> reporter: one day ahead of a major foreign policy speech in virginia, today mitt romney continued assaulting the president's domestic record at a rally in st. lucy, florida. >> i have an opportunity for america right now that's going to get this economy going and create jobs, jobs and more jobs. 12 million jobs, to be specific. >> reporter: earlier, republican surrogates like newt gingrich were out in force on four leading political shows saying the president's debate performance and the administration's response to the latest jobs report. >> the unemployment report has fallen to its lowest since i took office.
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am EDT
debate of this election. president obama and mitt romney squared off for 90 minutes last night in denver. tracy potts is live in denver now with the latest on the debate. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from denver, where the pressure was on for mitt romney to perform to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even some republicans had described as one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear, on lowering the desmt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half, it's now four years later, we have trillion-dollar deficits. >> the way we do it is for every $2.50 of additional debt, we ask for a dollar, paid for by those doing very well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend five trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail, and medica
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
some good news today, 32 days before the election, the nation's jobless rate fell to the lowest level of his term in office. economists will argue what it means, but here are today's numbers, the economy gained about 114,000 jobs in the last month, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.8%, that is where today's political debate in this country started out. we have it all covered here tonight. and we'll begin our coverage with nbc's andrea mitchell, good evening, andrea. >> reporter: good evening, brian, in a week that has been a roller coaster for both of the candidates, today's news gave a good bit of a jolt, but that set off a fire storm on what it really means. the news that the unemployment dipped below 8% since he took office came just in time for a president battered by his poor performance in the debate. >> today's news should give us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy, just to try to score a few political points. >> reporter: not surprisingly, mitt romney saw it differently. >> there were fewer new jobs created t
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morning after. >>> a bit later. you think politics can get ugly. try the "american idol" judging table. ugly moment during an "american idol" audition. nicki minaj apparently losing it over her fellow judge and fellow diva mariah carey. a lot of people saw this one coming. more on that story. >> we want to begin over at news desk. natalie morales is there. natalie, good morning. >> good morning, david and savannah. good morning, everyone. >>> american airlines is
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Oct 8, 2012 3:05am EDT
this election? >> i think that the race is wide open. and i think that there's a lot of things that change all the time especially close to the election. i think either one of them can win it. it really depends. >> are you a naive optomist when it comes to your belief in post partisanship? you see what goes on in this town. i know it's a big work of your job as a professor and your institute at usc. how does post partisanship happen when you see the polarization in washington and how poorly things work here? >> i think seen firsthand, when you bring both parties together, you can do the people's work if you see yourself as a public servant rather than a party servant. i think you can get much more done. we have seen it. just look even during the big battles and the fights between the democrats and republicans. when ronald reagan came into office and looked at social security. he appointed a bipartisan commission and they studied it for two years. and in 1983, they moved forward to pass legislation to reform social security. so those are the kind of things that you can do. i've seen
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
minorities from voting in the election, republicans say it will cut down on voting fraud. >>> the district officially opened its new crime lab today, that brings a new era of crime fighting into the city. the state of the art building will provide space for firearms testing and a new morgue, among other things. there will be room for testing for the flu and other epidemics and also analysis for possible terrorist attacks. the lab is in southwest d.c., not far from the national mall. >>> neighbors and friends are mourning the loss of a local professor hit and killed while walking his dog in d. krflt today. a car struck rhett leverett near 6th and e streets northwest this morning. leverett was a much-loved history professor at marymount. police say the driver who hit him had some kind of medical emergency, and lost control. >>> occupy d.c. protesters are back in town. they say they'll be here most of the week to mark the one-year anniversary of their movement. today there were scuffles with police, a few of them anyhow, aras the protesters marched along k street. >> reporter: they c
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Oct 4, 2012 12:35am EDT
cuddle time. [ laughter ] out of context. more election news, while campaigning yesterday in colorado, mitt romney made a stop at the fast food restaurant chipotle. the guy behind the counter was like, "burrito?" and romney was like, "hey there, burrito. my name is mitt romney." [ laughter ] "pleasure to meet you." [ cheers and applause ] honest mistake. actually, though, we do have a photo of this. this really happened. look at that dude. look at that guy on the end. [ laughter ] i can't decide what the caption for this should be. is it, "are we on "undercover boss?" [ laughter ] or is it, "hey, the other, other white meat?" [ laughter ] it could be that. i don't know. hey -- hey, did you guys hear about this? you had to. "american idol"? they had to cancel auditions yesterday after nicki minaj started swearing and threatening to knock mariah carey out. [ laughter ] already. they had to cancel it. the producers they were like, "hey, there's a time and a place for that kind of thing, a real housewives reunion show." [ laughter ] and you guys all knew that. but it's on this we
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
all registered voters. he he also leads in the battleground states that could decide the election. >> you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc 4. live coverage begins at 9:00. and that brings us to our poll question. will you watch tonight's debate? you can let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> martin o'malley plans to introduce a controversial power surcharge today that would let utilities charge you more for much needed improvements. o'malley says the plan allows power companies leak pepco to add a dollar or two to monthly electric bills to pay for maintenance upgrades. in exchange, utilities would have to meet strinkter reliability standards and have a harder time raising rates in the future. o'malley says the plan would accelerate much needed work that could keep the power on. opponents say it is rewarding utilities for not paying for the maintenance themselves. >>> d.c. council members will discuss lowering fines for people caught speeding. s most first time offenders see a fine of $150. charges have gone up by at much as 500% in the pa
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am EDT
election stage before. romney has the advantage of having simply debated more over the last year. so i think it's kind of an even stage there, but the situation is not comparable to reagan versus carter. the economic metrics when carter was running for re- election were extremely negative, much more negative than they are today, and just this last week, polls show that the pub has more confidence in the president's economic views and vision and program than romney. so he has lost the one advantage that he once had. secondly, there were a lot of independent, undecided voters in 1980 who had lost faith in carter and were just waiting to see if they could feel confidence in his challenger. there are so few independent voters. this is an election that's about mobilizing the bases. so going after the independent voter is not a big surprise. having said all that in the memo put out by david axelrod -- >> who is who? >> he's the campaign guru on the obama side. >> right. >> he points out that five of the last six challengers won the first debate. i think the temptation by the media is going t
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Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm EDT
re-elected, president obama, the first priority in 2013. >> reporter: a long march from langley park to college park with long uphill stretches but they all made it to a place of higher learning and hope the trips beginning in earnest after the november elections. in college park, derrick ward, news 4. >>> two of television's most popular commentators are in washington tonight for the so-called rumble in the air conditioned auditorium. jon stewart from "the daily show" and bill o'reilly. tickets sold out but fans can pay to watch the debate online nap should be -- a. good one. >> something to watch. >> amusing. >>> we've been watching the temperatures take a nose dave. >> made 80 degrees oh so briefly this afternoon, and we've lost 15 degrees since then. >> the temperatures continue to um itble out there. as you're making your plans to get outside and enjoy your saturday evening, keep in mind it's not going to feel quite so summerlike, as it did a few short hours ago. the cold front came through washington between 1:00 and 2:00 this afternoon. plenty of clouds then. now behind the co
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am EDT
. >> the governor knows his $5 trillion tax cut isn't too popular, so a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: president obama at a star-studded fundraising concert, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, romney is within two points of the president. and tomorrow, both candidates head to ohio, battleground ohio, where early voting is already under way. tomorrow is the last day to register to vote there. veronica? >> thank you. mitt romney will deliver that major policy speech before noon eastern, but the obama campaign is issuing a preemptive strike with this new tv ad criticizing the republican candidate's past foreign policy faux pas. take a look. >> reckless. amateurish. that's what news media and fellow republicans called mitt romney's gaffe-filled july tour of england, israel, and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said romney's response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character. >> the obama
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Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
morning. fight to the finish. election day exactly one month away. president obama handling with a positive jobs report, hoping it will help him keep his job. governor mitt romney says it's too little too late. a legendary business executive claims the books were cooked. >>> skating scandal. a u.s. olympic speed skater admits to tampering with a rival's skate before a big competition and he says he did it against his will. he'll explain why in an exclusive interview. >>> and are they back together? new signs of chris brown and rihanna dating again, despite their violent history, and it has some people wondering what she's thinking. today's saturday, october 6th, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolf, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. >> it's good to have you back from afghanistan. safe and sound. >> good to be back. >> and you're back into the thick of politics here in this country as well. >> it feels like this presidential race has been going on for so long now, but one
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
thiel repeatedly ignored calls from the macarthur foundation. he thought they were election year robocalls. he finally researched the number online and found they were the macarthur foundation. >>> the debate over gay marriage continues in the baltimore ravens locker room. for the second time this season, a ravens player is going public with his opinion. center matt burke wrote an op ed for his paper the minneapolis "star-tribune," wrote an opinion. burke, who is a harvard grad wrote, "i hope that in voicing my beliefs i encourage people on both sides to use reason and charity as they enter this debate." ravens coach john harbaugh says he encourages the debate as long as it is respectful. >>> we've been talking about baseball and football, and now training camp begins for the wizards today. one of the team's biggest stars won't be on the court for several years. point guard john wall will miss all of camp and the start of the regular season because of a left knee injury. wall says he hopes to return sooner than expected. the wizards first preseason game is sunday against the char
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
. angie goff, news 4. >>> this could be one of the most crucial days of the election. president obama and mitt romney will face off tonight in their first presidential debate. it will take place at this hockey arena in denver. romney has spent the past few days in the mile high city preparing for tonight. he took a break yesterday for lunch at chipotle. the president has been preparing in nevada. he visited the hoover dam. both campaigns now how crucial tonight's debate is. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face to face with president obama and there's no opportunity for the obama campaign to twist his message or his past words. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off in two more debates, the next one is a week from tomorrow in danville, kentucky. president obama may be ahead in the polls in mean swing states, but nationally, the race for president remains extremely tight. the president leads mitt
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm EDT
to seek re-election regardless of the probe. as tom sherwood reports, gray is laughing off the report. >> reporter: d.c. mayor vincent gray is doing exactly what he and his lawyer thinks he should be doing. being mayor. under federal investigation for more than a year with his 2010 campaign for mayor, gray mostly turns aside media questions on the scandal. even as others prepare a campaign for mayor, in case gray leaves office. or council member jack evans appearing on the politics hour friday told reporter patrick madden he'll run if gray doesn't, or is forced from office. >> if gray does not run, are you definitely running for mayor? >> yes. if gray does not run, i will run for mayor. >> reporter: but evans sharply disputed another media report friday saying a source close to gray says gray won't run again when his term is up in two years. >> i can't put words in the may mayor's mouth. you would not as a sitting mayor, regardless of the situation put yourself in a lame duck status. we just have to wait and see what happens. >> reporter: even the mayor's staff laughed off the media r
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. they were not shy. >> quick show of hands, for how many of you is this your first presidential election? many of you watching this first debate anxious to get beyond first impressions. >> i'm pretty sure this is exactly what i'm looking for. >> i'm trying to see how i could get a better chance to pay for my college education. >> they're both bashing each other. i might as well watch this. >> some came with their minds made up. >> well, i know people are going to be going all out on the blog. so i'm going to be comining bac with cracks. >> i'm not getting a sense of obama as commander in chief. romney is really laying it down and he's really being very ke tail detailed, for once. >> i became a lot more informed. >> i liked when we were talking about the health care stuff and something about the middle class because i'm middle class. >> i think that both of them had really well-structured argume s arguments. but the small differences are going to be something to ponder. >> it seemed like he came off a little bit rude. with obama, he made a little bit of a mistake. when romney was talking,
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Oct 1, 2012 5:09pm EDT
control. >>> with election day almost here, more and more campaign yard signs are springing up in northern virginia for both candidates. today romney volunteers said it's a visible sign of growing support for the gop. but obama supporters say what is important is the number of voters who turn out in november, not the number of signs. >>> the nats need one more victory to clinch the division title in the national league east. it would be the first time in 31 years the franchise has done that. first pitch, 7:05 tonight. now let's fast forward to the weather. veronica, how will they look out there? >> they're going to look a little wet. take that rain jacket heading out to the nats game this evening. a wed one. you'll need a little patience, too. it is a great one out there right now. we've got a lot of cloud cover. temperaturewise currently, we are in the mid and upper 60s throughout the area. but for first pitch at 7:05, 68 degrees, and falling to the mid-60s with a south wind at just 5 miles per hour. a few showers are on tap. we eventually fall to the upper 50s and low 60s. we'll
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00am EDT
elected. >> reporter: and the administration's response to one of the latest job report. >> the economy is not doing well and the fact that you have a white house celebrating an unemployment rate of 7.8% with 23 million americans out of work or unemployed or underemployed tells you a lot about the failure of this administration's polici policies. >> reporter: romney has made a shift to sharing a more compassionate side, something he resisted, in three straight rallies recounting the memories of a 14-year-old he befriended with leukemia. >> he asked me a very difficult question, mitt, what's knock. he called me brother romney, what's next? david passed away, but i'll always remember and never forget his courage, his clear eyes, his full heart. david can't lose. i love the greatness of the soul of the american people. >> reporter: and this week's main event doesn't actually include the president or mitt romney. instead, it's the vice presidential debate. this thursday between vice president joe biden and romney's running mate, paul ryan. after the lopsided debate this past week, willie, t
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Oct 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
they're cooperating with police. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez was elected to a third term in office. the electoral council auns nnou the narrow victory after a record turnout. chavez was accused of using the oil proceeds in the country to his advantage. >>> we're learning more about what led to the deadly the shooing of a border patrol agent near the mexican border. nicholas ivie died last tuesday in arizona. the head of the border patrol union said it was a case of friendly fire. ivie shot at two armed agents he thought were smugglers. he was killed when those two agents rurpd fire. ivie will be laid to rest today. >>> the names of 80 firefighters who died last year and 5 who died in last past were added to the memorial on the grounds of the national fire academy in emitsburg, maryland. family and friends came together to honor their loved ones, including the family of mark falkenheim in baltimore county. >> we've seen it from other states for mark's funeral, but to come together as a nation, it's incredible to come together as one family. >> this annual event is a sign of r
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00am EDT
square off in a debate that will not decide any election at all. jon stewart and bill o'reilly will face off in the debate being called the rumble in the air conditioned auditorium. it's at george washington university. the two hope to take an entertaining and comedic approach to the pressing issues in our country today. you can watch the live stream of that event online for $5. >>> beekeepers in eastern france are noticing a bizarre new trend. the honey their bees are producing is changing color to dark green or dark blue. the keepers followed the bees and noticed them carrying colorful candy back to the hives. they believe the bees are taking food from an m&m candy plant down the road. the company says it will clean out the waste containers and store products in air tight containers out of reach of the hungry bees. >> those bees are like you, can't resist the m&m's. >> you show me an m&m, and i'm going to eat it. do you think the honey tastes like m&m's? i would eat it. time for weather and traffic on the ones. >> tom kierein shows us what to expect today. >> how about the milky w
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am EDT
begin. >>> new this morning, venezuelan president chavez has been re-elected. he wins after a tight race. he told supporters late last night in car racas he would sit down with opposition leaders to work for a better venezuela. >> you're looking live at the virginia military institute in lexington. in less than 30 minutes, mitt romney will deliver a major foreign policy there. the speech called the mantle of leadership mark, his tenth address on foreign policy since the summer of 2011. according to early excerpts, he will criticize the president's passive leadership in the middle east by saying, quote, i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope but hope is not a strategy. we cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when the words are not backed up by deeds. >>> romney is closing the gap in the latest poll according to the politico/george washington university poll. if the election were held today, 49% would vote for the president and 48% would vote for romney. today, he'll
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
maintain the leads through the november election. at george mason university, derrick ward, news 4. >>> mitt romney is visiting coal country with a stop at a machine company. romney and paul ryan were both in fisherville, outside charlottesville where they received the endorsement of the national rifle association. >>> as we told you, today the september jobs report is out. the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month. it's the first time it's dropped below 8% in four years. employers added 114,000 jobs last month. we'll have more on what it means in a live report from cnbc coming up later in the show. >> turning to the weather, look at that sky. it's all blue. at least as far as i can see. i don't see any clouds out there. >> team 4 meteorologist, tom kierein, they say nothing in life is perfect. is this close? >> just about. better than looking at it is getting out and looking at it. i'll be out there in another half hour. you will love it. if you haven't been out yet and you step outside, low humidity thanks to an area of high pressure from the northeast coast to the carolinas
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